Pianist Elisa Galeano was born in Brazil and began playing the piano and violin in her childhood. She pursued her bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. As a graduate student, Elisa moved to Europe and received an award from the Rotary Club of Germany to pursue her master’s degree at the acclaimed State College of Music in the city of Karlsruhe. She finished her degree Summa Cum Laude in piano performance. In 2012, Elisa began her studies at Louisiana State University in the piano performance doctoral program and concluded her degree in July 2016. Throughout her academic years, she had the privilege to study with pianists André Pires, Celina Szrvinsk, Michael Uhde, Jan Grimes, and Willis Delony.
After winning several piano competitions in Brazil and Latin America, Elisa was invited to perform at the Musikhoschule Karlsruhe, in celebration of Brazil’s five hundred year Jubilee, playing works exclusively by Brazilian composers. The concert received the following critique in the German newspaper Badische Zeitung: “The Toccata by Ronaldo Miranda, played by the pianist Elisa Galleano, had an extraordinary effect on the audience. Elisa let the work shine in its splendor of colors.”
Elisa has collaborated with artists from the Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and with university faculty from Europe and the Americas, in more than 100 concert series and international music festivals, including performances on Brazilian television. Her performances include the complete cycle of violin and piano sonatas by Beethoven, and an extensive repertoire list for winds, strings and voice.
As collaborative pianist, Elisa Galleano worked at the Minas Gerais State University, Federal University of Sao Joao del Rei in Brazil, and as assistant at the Louisiana State University. She also was Owner and Artistic Director of Grace Notes Music School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Elisa has been teaching for over twenty years, during which time she has attended many pedagogy workshops, guest lectured in piano master classes, and taught as faculty member in eight different music schools in three countries. Elisa was also piano instructor at the outreach program in two universities in Brazil where she taught piano in group, keyboard in group, and applied piano.